Call to Action: Help Restore Trust in State Government
Please contact your senator today and ask for their support of House Resolution 158. This resolution will allow a vote on a constitutional amendment to dedicate fees for their intended purpose.
While Georgia legislators adopt laws creating fees to fund state programs, current law does not allow legislators to “dedicate” the fees to their intended funds. Instead, the fees often go to the state’s general fund and are spent elsewhere. Almost 40% of the $469 million collected to round up scrap tires and clean up contaminated properties has been misappropriated. We need to empower our legislators so they can require that fees collected must be spent on the programs they are meant to fund.
CRK’s 23rd Patron Dinner a Roaring Success
The 23rd Annual Patron Dinner was a tremendous success raising $270,000 for CRK’s education, enforcement and stewardship programs! The seated dinner and awards program was held at the Georgia Aquarium and attended by 520 guests from around the Chattahoochee River watershed.
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper honored John Pruitt with the River Guardian Award and Stephanie Stuckey with the River Steward Award. See John Pruitt award video here.
Special guest, Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and Director, UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program, delivered a timely address on climate and the Chattahoochee watershed.
We are especially grateful to the Patron Dinner Presenting Sponsors: Colonial Pipeline, Cox Conserves, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation; River Benefactor Sponsors: encyclomedia, Patti and Don Ross, UPS; River Sustainer Sponsors: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation; River Defender Sponsors: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AVEDA, City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, The Coca-Cola Company, Jennifer and Graham Dorian, Georgia Aquarium, Google, The Home Depot, Judy and Walter Hoyt, Hutchinson Traylor, Mary Jane and Dave Kirkpatrick, Mayberry Electric, Inc., The Sally and Peter Parsonson Foundation, The Shearon and Taylor Glover Foundation, Laura and Rutherford Seydel, Southwire, Stephanie Stuckey, SweetWater Brewing Company, Turner Enterprises, Inc.; River Advocate Sponsors: 755 Restaurant Corp., Antigal UNO, Susan and Carl Cofer, Emerald Hare, Georgia Crown, Bonnie and Mike Jackson, JST Foundation, Merrill Lynch/STG Partners, Nantahala Outdoor Center, PNC Bank, Smith Gambrell & Russell, TOTO USA, Melody Wilder Wilson and David Wilson.
On September 27 & 28, CRK also held the 2017 Climate Change Conference focused exclusively on climate change effects in the watershed and explored solutions for a resilient future for all who depend on the Chattahoochee River. More than 45 speakers and 250 attendees contributed to a stimulating learning experience and the promise of future collaboration was born. Dr. Marshall Shepherd and Paul Hawken, executive director of Project Drawdown were keynote speakers. CRK debuted its short film See Changes, available for viewing and sharing now.
Mayoral Candidates’ Forum on City of Atlanta Water Issues
Join us and a consortium of environmental nonprofits, Wednesday, November 29 from 6:30-8:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm), for a conversation on greenspace with Atlanta’s two mayoral runoff candidates. Moderated by Atlanta Magazine’s Thomas Wheatley, Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms will answer questions on the future of Atlanta’s parks, public spaces, forested areas, and waterways. Register here.
The Atlanta Mayoral Election is headed to a runoff vote on December 5 between two candidates: Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. On July 13, 2017, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and our nonprofit partners, hosted the City of Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Forum on Greenspace at the Georgia State University Center. Following the forum, we invited all candidates for mayor to complete a questionnaire addressing pressing issues in the environmental area.
See below for Lance Bottoms’ and Norwood’s answers to two questions concerning water conservation and river protection. The candidates’ answers to the full list of questions can be found here.
See Changes Short Film
Do you See Changes in the Chattahoochee River watershed? The Chattahoochee River drains an immense area of 8,770 square miles — and we’re looking for people who can talk about the changes they’ve seen in the watershed over time.
Whether it’s the wildfires that burned in the Blue Ridge Mountains, low water flows in backyard streams, flooding in urban neighborhoods or extreme hot temperatures, we are interested in hearing stories from the people who live, work and play near the Chattahoochee River.
CRK put together a short documentary of the climatic and hydrologic changes witnessed by everyday people in communities throughout the watershed. For more details and to watch the film, click here.
Colonial Pipeline Company is committed to environmental stewardship, and that starts with a focus on safety. We recognize that the safe operation of our assets is fundamental to the success of our company and important for the protection of the environment. Along the 5,500 miles of pipeline that we operate, Colonial partners with groups like Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) because we recognize the crucial role they play in protecting the environment. Like them, Colonial is determined to protect our natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of generations to come.
Catch up with CRK by reading our Fall 2017 RiverCHAT Newsletter edition! Read the full newsletter, click here!
Highlights include: Atlanta’s drought, a feature on Mary Anne Lanier, our new partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, groundbreaking improvements to water quality at Pilgrim’s Pride in Gainesville and more!